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Gallaudet University Press is the preeminent publisher of scholarly and trade books in fields including: biographies by and about deaf people, deaf education, deaf history, deaf studies, disability studies, literary works by deaf authors, signed language interpretation and translation, and signed language linguistics.

Before submitting a proposal, please peruse our catalog in order to determine if your project would be suitable for our list. Please note that Gallaudet University Press does not publish unrevised dissertations or children’s books.


To inquire about potential interest in your project, you may submit a brief email query describing your project. Or you may proceed directly to submitting a proposal. Your proposal must include the following form, along with your current CV or résumé:

Proposal Submission Form

The submission form includes specific details about the proposed project, including: working title; author(s)/editor(s); estimated length; and approximate number of figures, illustrations, and tables. On the form, you should clearly state the significance of the project, including its contribution to the field and its audiences. Please also note if the manuscript is complete, and if it is being considered by another publisher.

In addition, you may also include one or two sample chapters, but do not submit a full manuscript unless invited to do so.

Send all materials to:

Katie Lee
Acquisitions Editor


Typically, you will receive an expression of interest or rejection within eight weeks. If we believe that a project would be a good fit for our publishing program, we will invite you to submit a full manuscript for consideration. Please note that while we accept simultaneous submissions of proposals, we ask for exclusive review once you have been asked by us to submit the complete manuscript. While your manuscript is under review, you are granting Gallaudet University Press the first right of choice for publication.

If the submitted manuscript meets our expectations, the next step is to have it evaluated by outside reviewers. We aim to adhere to the highest standards of editorial quality, and one of the primary ways we maintain these standards in our publication program is through peer review. We also see the peer review process as a unique opportunity to strengthen a project via constructive feedback and productive conversations among scholars.

If reviewers, along with press staff, recommend publication, the manuscript and accompanying materials will be presented to our faculty editorial board. The board is made up of scholars who represent a broad spectrum of expertise in fields related to deaf people and deafness. The board typically meets twice during the academic year to review projects. If the reviews are favorable and the board approves the project, we will then offer a contract to publish the book.

If you have any questions regarding the submission process, please contact our acquisitions editor at katie.lee@gallaudet.edu.

We look forward to receiving your book proposal.